Creative Writing

Fighting Spirit | A Poem

I want to close my eyes

And shut down my mind

It’s been running for miles

Can someone explain

Why we’re expected to be on

Every day, every week

Or we’re called lazy

Where’s the fighting spirit

The fire in your belly

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Reading

The Fallen By David Baldacci | A Book Review

Title: The Fallen

Author: David Baldacci

Genre: Thriller

About the book: It’s the fourth novel in a series that follows Amos Decker who works for the FBI.

I received a copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I love Baldacci’s works, so I had high expectations. I enjoyed the action-packed beginning where Decker discovers a crime scene.

The title and cover page are great. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but it’s not necessary.

Characters: Amos Decker is a complex character because he develops over the course of the story. Alex Jamison works with Decker, and she’s likeable as well.

The book has many characters, yet Baldacci makes it easy to keep track of everyone’s identity. Also, there’s more than one bad guy.

Quote:

“Sometimes that’s all you need for a major life change: a dream.”

Writing: I’m a fan of the short, suspenseful chapters. Baldacci balances description with dialogue well. He moves the plot along at a good pace without rushing scenes or dragging things out.

The author created a well-written, well-edited book. It’s easy to follow along but still hard to predict everything at the same time. Bonus, there’s no romance.

Final thoughts: I read the ending in one sitting because I didn’t want to put the novel down. A lot happens, and I didn’t see much coming. If you love a good suspenseful thriller, be sure to check The Fallen. I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.

All in all, the novel is a fun, fascinating read about different issues such as drugs, specifically the opioid crisis in America.


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Creative Writing

Burn Into The Future | A Poem

Do you know your words

Find their way into my ear

And stay lodged there

I can’t forget

I still remember

Wrote it down

Made a record

One day

I’ll think back

You should’ve broke me

When you had the chance

Instead you created a fire

One that will burn into the future

Writing

Advice On Starting A First Draft

Outline

Sketch a timeline of events that will happen. Brainstorm scenes using sticky notes and move them accordingly. Create character sketches beforehand, so you have a better understanding of key players in your novel.

Research

Reading articles, essays, or books might inspire you to write your own. Besides, Google is your best friend.

Write

At some point, that first draft needs to be written. Unfortunately, it won’t write itself. So pick up a pen or open your word processor of choice. Grab an idea and run with it.

Relax

Take a deep breath. You don’t have to get it right the first time. Try to silence your inner editor for now. You can always make a draft better, but you can’t if it doesn’t exist yet.

Creative Writing

Burning Sun | A Poem

Why does this one hurt

more than the others

Thanks for igniting my fire

so much higher

I have nothing to lose

but I’ll still show you

You don’t know what you’ve done

can’t control this burning sun

Writing

What It’s Like To Write A Novel

  • Getting hit by an idea, comparable to getting hit by lightning but 10 times better.
  • Trying to remember said idea because it’s going to make you rich and famous. Hello, New York Times bestseller and blockbuster movie deal with Hollywood.
  • Finding someplace to write down your story idea. A napkin works.
  • Beginning on a high note. Make sure you cherish the honeymoon phase. It doesn’t last long enough.
  • Reaching the halfway point and realizing you still have a long way to go. Don’t quit now. What a shame to let your hard work go to waste.
  • Coming to terms with the fact that your first draft sucks. Happens to the best of us.
  • Wanting to abandon your novel because another idea came along. Perhaps the grass is greener on the other side.
  • Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You’re almost done.
  • Writing the last sentence. The two best words you’ll ever type: THE END.
  • Wishing you could sleep for the next 10 years. You can’t. Sorry.
  • Dreading the thought of having to edit your manuscript at some point. You got this.
  • Patting yourself on the back. Go eat a cake or two. You deserve it.
Productivity

I Need To Stop Procrastinating Right Now

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t procrastinate. But I live in an imperfect world and I’m an imperfect human being.

I delay. I put things off. And when the deadline nears, my stress levels skyrocket.

Even though I’m someone who hates leaving things to the last minute, I don’t always start early enough.

At least when I procrastinate, I try to be somewhat productive. Instead of doing the thing I should, I’ll do something else like clean. It’s not as urgent as an essay due in three days, but I’ll still take cleaning over writing. Or editing. Don’t even get me started on edits.

I find it interesting how much better I’ve gotten at procrastinating over the years. I guess I’ve had a lot of practice. For some reason, I didn’t put things off as much in high school. Then I went to university and everything changed.

I procrastinate with blogging all the time. I can’t help it.

When I was younger, I used to be more of a morning person, so I procrastinated less.

Nowadays, I stay up later and do most of my creative writing later in the day, which means I procrastinate until I can’t.

Creative Writing

Family Of Friends | A Poem

Battle-tested

This is who we are

Wounded and scarred

This is our city

We stand together

This is a family of friends